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Zubin Wadia
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Name: Zubin Jimmy Wadia
Gender: Male
Age: 18
Grade: 12th
School: Aurora High School
Hobbies and Interests: Video games, hanging out, sleeping, TV, internet, math club, debate club

Appearance: ]Zubin is very small for his age, standing at only 5 feet, 5.5 inches tall, and weighing only 124 pounds. His thick, black hair has flecks of blond in it (he bleached it at the end of swim season and cut it about a month before the game started) and is either combed to the right or left hanging down to about his eyes. His skin is a light brown, altogether making his Asian Indian roots apparent. The feature that most people notice is his mustache, which many people either compare to Borat or Luigi, the former of which secretly annoys him to no end. Zubin shaves about once every two weeks or when an important occasion comes up, causing his chin and neck to range from being clean shaven to being covered in thick hair. His dark brown eyes are framed by rectangular black, thin-framed glasses that sit on top of his large nose. Some noticeable marks include a birthmark near the left corner of his lip (normally covered by his mustache), and a black spot on the knuckle of his right pinky, a result of when he accidentally stabbed himself with a pencil while reaching for a power cord in the office of his house.

Zubin dresses fairly casually, normally wearing khakis and a T-shirt with either a collared shirt or his favorite black "EVIL: A Growth Industry!" sweatshirt, a Casio Waveceptor watch on his left wrist, sneakers and gray socks, and a black, wide-brimmed fedora hat - while he looks like a bit of a geek, he is able to make such a look work in his favor. When he is working out or in some sort of athletic activity, he wears workout pants or shorts instead. On the day he was kidnapped, Zubin was wearing a pair of tan Dockers pants, white New Balance sneakers with gray socks, and his favorite Order of the Stick T-shirt and sweatshirt - both black, the T-shirt has "GOOD: A Renewable Resource!" on the front with a picture of O-Chul stating "The compensation is generally deferred" above the sentence "Independently Owned and Operated."

Biography: Zubin Wadia was born on August 8, 1993 in New York City to father Jimmy, a computer programmer and mother Goolcher, a medical student, adding to older sister Roxanne, four years his senior and currently a medical student herself. His early life was fairly uneventful, except for when they moved to Seattle in 1997 after Jimmy received a job there at IBM, while Goolcher worked at a nearby hospital. As a result, Zubin has been quite well off throughout his life.

Zubin, while friendly, didn't have a lot of friends in elementary school, and was in fact a bit of a target, partially because he spent much of his time watching TV, playing video games, and reading books and Internet articles (mostly in the subject of math and science, which he has always shown a knack for) when he was at home, and also because he was a little hyperactive and seen as weird by the other kids. His only defense was to either let it slide, or tell an authority figure. This managed to stick with him, as he became more nervous around people, always trying to say the right thing. However, he did join the Cub Scouts in second grade and started taking self-defense classes in fourth grade, the former by his parents' suggestion to get him out of the house and doing things, and the latter because he had been interested in "Power Rangers" at the time, and thought that the moves shown by the protagonists were cool.

Middle school was a bit of a change from elementary school, as he managed to quiet down somewhat as he matured. This more mellow personality allowed him to speak to people while looking less unusual, gaining him some respect and friendliness, and giving him the ability to get on good terms with some of the people who picked on him. Over this time, he also joined the Boy Scouts, where he went on various camping trips and to Scout Camp, allowing him to learn many skills, including wilderness survival, first aid, wall climbing, and shooting.

When Zubin was in fifth grade, SOTF started up. While Zubin didn't take much notice then, he gradually followed the show more and more throughout the next three years, up until version 4 in 2008, when he was a very religious follower. While many SOTF fans had a genuine interest in the game, Zubin's motivation for following the show was somewhat different: namely, he was afraid that he could be taken next. This manifested in long hours watching SOTF, his creation of a list of rules on how to survive the game, and an absolute refusal to go on any field trips, which he only violated because his parents forced him to go. Two things have brought him out of this phase - the rescue during version 4, and the lack of kidnappings following his freshman year in 2009. Since then, he has mellowed out, with help from family and friends, and has since admitted that he took the whole thing too far.

When Zubin joined the Aurora High student body, he integrated himself with the others relatively quickly, joining the debate team, where he gives witty speeches during the public speaking portions, as well as joining the math team and the varsity swimming and track teams. This led him to having to stop his self-defense and Boy Scouts due to the time commitment required. During the summer of his freshman year, he started weight training with his father at his father's suggestion, an activity he continued during the fall of sophomore year with the school's Strength and Conditioning group. This lasted for one year, when he decided to try something new and joined the varsity field hockey team in his junior year, with which he attended practice as an active participant and acted as the team manager. These activities have allowed him inroads with a large group of people, and a large boost in self-confidence, allowing him to stand up to the few people who would pick on him without directly involving superiors, even though he avoids outright fighting, as he does not see himself as physically able to stand up to anyone who would pick on him. Through all this, he is still slightly insecure, always thinking about what to do next to make sure he comes off right, and seeing himself as too skinny, especially in comparison to his rather cut father. This is due to his activities, which promote lean muscle growth and a toned physique, as opposed to the more bulky build of a bodybuilder that his father has.

Zubin would currently describe himself as a member of the "outer in-crowd" - although he does not see himself as being popular, his friendly demeanor, distinctive looks, wit, and his more positive quirks helps give him a positive rapport with much of the school. Academically, he states that "his grades do not do him justice," as he can normally understand and make links to the subject matter quickly, especially through one-on-one discussion or experimentation, as evidenced by the fact that he is taking four AP classes, however, many times he feels that he has fully grasped the subject matter before he truly does, causing him to not study much, which drags his grades down from a potential A average a high B. He looks forward to going to college at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where he was accepted through Early Decision in November, mainly because of the freedom it will bring him. His home life is has a pretty decent. He doesn't talk much to his sister, at first due to the difference in age, and currently due to the distance and her busy schedule. Regarding his parents, he does believe that are too strict sometimes, especially manifesting when they try to make him take a choice that he disagrees with when he feels he has the right to make the decision himself. As a result, he sometimes does not ask for help when he would be better off doing so. In spite of that and the fact that he disagrees with some of their political ideology (his parents are very conservative, while Zubin describes himself more as center-right), they are still close and love and respect one another.

Advantages: Mentally, Zubin's experiences and time spent online have given him a wide range of knowledge and skills that would be useful in the game, most notably Tae Kwon Do and Hapkido (from self-defense classes), the basics of shooting guns, survival, and first aid (from the Boy Scouts). Zubin is one to think things through before doing things, and whether it is called pragmatism or cowardice, he rarely involves himself in any situation where he feels he could be harmed. Physically, he is deceptively fit, having participated in field hockey, swimming, track, and weight training. Socially, Zubin would describe himself as a member of the "outer in-crowd:" while not one of the most popular members of the student body, he is well-liked in general, and has few distinct enemies. His quiet nature has made him good at blending in.
Disadvantages: Zubin is terribly nearsighted without his glasses - without them, he can make out very little detail. Due to his small size, Zubin isn't very strong - in fact, in a straight physical fight Zubin would probably lose almost every time. His quiet nature means that while he has few enemies, he similarly does not have many people with whom he would consider a close friend or vice versa. Any ally he would make is one he would have a difficult time leaving under normal conditions. His tendency to think things through makes him bad at making snap decisions. His survival, shooting, first aid and self-defense skills are somewhat rusty, having not partaken in any of them since he was fifteen, and even so, never outside of a controlled environment (camping trips, target shooting, sparring, etc.). Sometimes Zubin gets very short and inconsiderate when under stress, which could alienate all but his closest friends, and he has the tendency to get overconfident in his own abilities, as evidenced by his not studying and not asking for help as often as necessary.
Edited by decoy73, Jan 17 2012, 07:57 PM.
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Hey Decoy! Zubin's profile is a good start, but it's DENIED pending some changes.

Firstly, I'd like a bit of expansion in a couple of areas. You mention that Zubin was a target in grade school. How did this affect him? Was he scared as a child, or did he try to stand up for himself? Did he hold grudges, or let it slide? How did this bullying change him as he grew up? Why did Zubin mellow out in middle school? Was it just a result of growing older, or was it an active choice he made to try and stop the bullying?

The biggest issue I have with the profile is the contradictions within it. At one point you mention that Zubin has a quick wit that he uses during Debate- however, in the Disadvantages, you say he doesn't think quickly and instead thinks everything through. Zubin is trained in martial arts, but you state he would lose in any straight-up fight. If he mellowed out in high school, as you said he did, and if he has a large social circle, then why would joining the hockey team in Junior Year give him confidence to stand up to people? Wouldn't he no longer need to stand up to people? If he thinks through everything, why doesn't he study harder and think through his schooling more?

In the advantages, you mention that Zubin watching SotF is an advantage because he "would be able to easily make a basic plan as to how to get through." My issue here is that just because Zubin has watched the show doesn't mean that he can actually get through it. At best, his advantage would be a basic knowledge of how people survived before. However, this wouldn't necessarily translate to actually acting in-game, and it just seems like something extra to pad the advantages.

In the disadvantages, you say that Zubin doesn't have any enemies. However, wouldn't he have kept a few from his bullied days? You mention that Zubin's sometimes short temper could alienate all but his closest friends, but you also say that he doesn't have any close friends. Further, Zubin's altruistic nature is never mentioned in the Bio. I'd like to see an example or two in the actual Bio.

Post when you have it edited and I'll take another look! Thanks!
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Okay. Here are the changes:
  • Altruism has been taken out.
  • Zubin's disadvantage is simply that he has few close friends - he is friendly with much of them, but his inner circle is small. Similarly, Zubin has few distinct enemies.
  • He mellowed out in middle school naturally.
  • While he used to have martial arts training, it is his small size that works against him in a physical fight.
  • In debate, he makes witty speeches, rather than showing a quick wit.
  • Watching SOTF has given him the knowledge to extend his lifespan based on what has happened before.
  • Zubin's self-confidence has been clarified - all of his high school activities have given him self-confidence.
  • I have clarified the part about being picked on currently - at present, there may still be a few people who would do so, but he is able to stand up to them.
  • His academic overconfidence has been clarified - he feels that he has a grasp of the subject matter before he actually does, meaning he studies less than he should.
  • His being a target in elementary school has been given more depth.
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Zubin's looking great, but he's DENIED pending just a bit of expansion in a couple of areas.

You mention that Zubin started weight training during school after having spent the summer doing it with his father. Why did he father teach him to weight train? Why did Zubin want to continue it? Why did Zubin choose to go to hockey instead of continuing the training?

Finally, I'd like just a sentence or two about his relationship with his sister. Are they close, or have they distanced themselves? How has his older sister shaped his personality? How have his parents shaped his personality?

Post when you have the edits and I'll take another look!
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Edits made:
  • Zubin's father recommended that Zubin do some weight training, which Zubin agreed to do, under his father's guidance.
  • Zubin decided to try something new and joined the field hockey team as a junior.
  • He is somewhat reluctant to ask for help, mainly due to his parents.
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Hey Decoy! Zubin's looking better, but he's still DENIED.

I've been looking at Zubin's advantages, and there's just one thing that's still bugging me about it. Having extensive knowledge about SotF might be an interesting character trait, and it can still be a part of the profile, but I'm really not getting how it's an advantage.

Here's the thing- in theory, having this knowledge might be helpful, but in practice it would probably fall flat. Unless you're playing in the exact same version that you watched on TV, knowing what some people did some of the time isn't going to help you if you're staring down the barrel of a gun. I fail to see how it would be useful in real life. In fact, I actually peg it as more of a disadvantage- Zubin might think he knows what to do, but in reality people are going to act in varying ways that are ultimately unpredictable. You can't assume that this versions contestants will act like last versions contestants, so having this knowledge of what people did before would probably not be useful to Zubin.

Further, I'm worried about how this advantage would play out in the game. It seems to me like it might be an excuse to have Zubin running around knowing things and predicting things he shouldn't be able to predict, solely because he's watched the show before. Obviously, we can't let this occur in game.

If you could edit it out of the advantages, or put it into the disadvantages, I think it'd be preferable. Post when you have the edit up and I'll take another look!
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Edited. His SOTF knowledge is neither an advantage nor a disadvantage.
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